Smoke damage can be seen through the windows of the Prokos Rental building on East State Street. A fire damaged the building on Monday morning. Susan Tebben / WOUB News

Fire Damages Athens Prokos Office

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An early morning fire caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage to an East State Street building on Monday.

Athens Fire Department officials said they responded to 88 E. State St. at about 5 a.m. on Monday, where a fire had engulfed the Prokos Rental office.

Though it only took 10 to 15 minutes to fight the fire, fire investigators estimated $80,000 in damages to the building and $75,000 to materials like computers within the building.

The Ohio State Fire Marshal was called in to investigate the fire. Arson is still being considered as a potential cause. A back door was reportedly found open.

A spokesperson for the fire marshal’s office said the investigation is ongoing and no further information was available for release.

No injuries were reported from the fire.

A sign was posted on the building saying Prokos Rentals has moved to West Stimson Avenue, next to Hocking Valley Bank.